At the Crossroads: Essays on Ahad Ha’am by Jacques Kornberg

By Jacques Kornberg

A founder of glossy Israel, Ahad Ha-am (1856-1927) was once one of many shapers of the modern Zionist realization. His profession spanned the period of Russian Jewry’s nationalist awakening. over the past decade of the 19th century, he used to be the best theorist of the Russian Zionist circulate. Afterwards, he was once overshadowed via Theodore Herzl, who imposed his personal stamp on Zionism. With the failure of Herzl’s international relations and his early dying in 1904, Russian Zionists deserted Herzl’s priorities and steadily refashioned this system of the Zionist association of their personal photograph. greater than a person else, Ahad Ha-am supplied the ideological authority for this shift. until eventually on the Crossroads, there have been no up to date reviews of Ahad Ha-am. This long-awaited assortment comprises 14 essays through the world over recognized students in glossy Jewish historical past and literature. The essays variety from reviews of Ahad Ha-am as a literary stylist, his position within the revival of Hebrew, his political notion and task, his debates with well-known contemporaries in regards to the Jewish destiny, and the reinterpretation of his principles by way of his Zionist disciples. the final photograph offered by way of this booklet is a brand new photo of Ahad Ha-am—far much less Westernized and much extra embedded within the nineteenth-century Jewish and Russian cultural milieu than used to be formerly inspiration.

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Thanks are due to the contributors to this volume for the devotion and talent they brought to this project and for their patience in what seemed like an endless task of rewriting and revision. Barry Walfish brought exceptional proficiency to the task of verifying and transliterating the Hebrew references. To Virginia O'Sullivan for her outstanding devotion and skill in preparing the manuscript for the publisher, I owe a deep debt of thanks. To my wife, Mona Silver Kornberg, I shall ever be profoundly grateful both for her selfless understanding and encouragement and wise sense of perspective regarding my scholarly labors.

A cultural hemorrhage was occurring. The first task of Jewish nationalism was to restore the Volksgeist to its former vitality and creativity, to bind Jews together again by formulating a modern nationalist version of the Jewish vocation. Ahad Ha-Am's priority was education, broadly understood, for it included settlement projects in Palestine but emphasized reanimating the Jewish Volksgeist. " 4 East European nationalism was born of cultural contact with the West through the transmission of advanced Western ideas to a still backward society.

Became the organ of the Hibbat Zion movement. Published Ahad Ha-Am's early writings. Ha-Po'el ha-Tza'ir (The Young Worker). The first indigenous workers' party in Eretz Israel. " In 1907, established a workers' newspaper, Ha-Po'el ha-Tza'ir. Ha-Tzefirah (The Dawn). Hebrew newspaper published in Warsaw from 1862 to 1931 with some hiatuses. From 1876 to 1906 its style and content was determined by Nahum Sokolow, a pioneer in modern Hebrew journalism, who became a strong supporter of Herzl. Halakhah, Halakhic.

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